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Theme: Changing the game

This event occurred on
September 4, 2016
10:00am - 3:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Berlin, Berlin

Have you ever wondered how people come up with a big idea? Most of the time, they completely change the way that something is done, thought about, or made. They change the rules and flip the script. They are game changers who have had that ah-ha moment where you see something others don’t. They aren’t just dreamers, but also doers who want to transform. And it’s that transformational magic that takes ideas from ordinary to exceptional. This TEDxBerlin conference iss dedicated to these game changers and their brilliant ideas, projects and visions. Which technologies will revolutionalize the way we are living in the future? How can we initiate social change? Who are the leaders and entrepreneurs who will change our world? And what opportunities are waiting for us beyond our natural habitat, in space? Join us and find out.

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Berlin, Berlin, 14055
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Phantom is the fruit of love of two artists, music lovers, geeks, misfits and treadmill rebels, who funnel their existence in the time-space-continuum into something of a new media spiced black magic. It all started in 2012, in a cave underground and outside of Helsinki, in the fortress island 18th century bastion, that, some say, inhabits some deeply disturbed Russian ghosts. The ghosts have nothing to do with this story. Or the Russians. Nevertheless. After drinking way too much coffee and playing with their musical toys together, the slightly jazz, glitch and acid influenced pair decided to join forces. They merged into creating sounds to summon the stories of the dead and the unheard into a somewhat haunting mixture of alternative pop, nu-trip hop and electronica. Their biggest dream is to change the world and have superpowers.

Celina Bostic

Celina Bostic sings with a perfect voice about the imperfections of life, discovering beauty in the grey of everyday. The Berlin-born singer and songwriter performed with various bands before setting on a solo career. The acoustic album released in 2014 reflects this new journey. Celina’s music and lyrics (in German) effortlessly bridge the gap between folk and soul, humor and melancholy, elegance and street jargon. She calls it ‘campfire soul”. And indeed when performing live, like around a campfire, her contagiously honest laughter and her powerful yet gentle tones create a unique link with the audience.

Coen van Oostrom

Since founding OVG Real Estate in 1997, Coen van Oostrom (1970), entrepreneur and a champion of sustainability and smart technology in real estate, built the company into the largest commercial property developer and investor in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. OVG is recognized for its sustainable development and innovations in the real estate sector by many international parties and received international prizes like the Corenet Sustainable Leadership Award and the H. Bruce Russel Global Innovator’s Award. OVG’s most recent development The Edge in Amsterdam is recently recognized as the ‘most sustainable office building in the world’ according to BREEAM. Coen aspires for OVG to be game-changers in the real estate industry by challenging perceptions of what is possible in the built-environment.

Fredrika Gullfot

Fredrika Gullfot is the CEO and founder of Simris Alg, a pioneering agribusiness listed on the Nasdaq First North stock exchange. Simris' main focus is the production of omega-3 from farmed algae as a sustainable alternative to fish oil. Fredrika considers herself a green capitalist and is passionate about bio-based solutions as key technologies for a sustainable future. Fredrika thinks entrepreneurship rather than activism is the answer to our time’s major challenges, by disrupting conventional supply chains and changing the game in the industry. Fredrika is the first female awarded with the Swedish Chemical Engineering Prize and is a WIRED Innovation Fellow, appointed by Wired UK in 2015 as one of 12 innovators with the potential to change the world.

Gloria Spindle

Gloria Spindle is a co-founder of the Peng! Collective, a group of Berlin-based artists and activists responsible for impersonating Google at Republica, staging a surprise music video in a job centre, launching an army of sexism-fighting bots on Twitter, a drone flight over the NSA’s buildings and much more. Peng! mixes art, performance and civil disobedience to create subversive campaigns and interventions intended to resuscitate zombie society and revitalize activism as we know it. Their campaigns have been featured in media such as Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine and Der Spiegel and they have spoken to real secret service agents on the phone.

Hannes Sjoblad

Hannes Sjoblad is a co-founder of the Sweden-based biohacker network Bionyfiken. Hannes' work and insights into near- and inbody technology has been internationally recognised by among others Wired, Motherboard, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, CNN, BBC, Daily Mail, Le Figaro, Nouvel Observateur, Heise and others. As a bodyhacker, he does not step back from experimenting with technology with his own body, and his vision is of a future where the human body has radically different capabilities than it does today.

James Beacham

James Beacham is a experimental high-energy particle physicist with the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, where he sifts through the largest unique dataset in human history looking for exotic Higgs bosons, dark photons, gravitons, dark matter, extra dimensions, quantum black holes, and answers to the most baffling open questions of science. He is currently a post-doc with the Ohio State University. He did his PhD at New York University. He lives in Geneva and misses bagels back home in New York.

Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña was selected by Wired Magazine as a #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change and has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and The Guardian. Additionally, Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative.” for her pioneering work in immersive storytelling. As CEO of Emblematic Group, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell important stories—both fictional and news-based—that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers.

Patrick Meier

Dr. Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized expert on Humanitarian Technology. Over the past 12 years, Patrick has worked in the Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Liberia, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Western Sahara, Haiti, Vanuatu and elsewhere on a wide range of innovative humanitarian projects with multiple international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. In 2015, he spearheaded the Bank’s post-disaster UAV mission in response to a Category 5 Cyclone in the Pacific. He was subsequently invited by the UN to coordinate UAV teams responding to the Nepal Earthquakes. He later conducted a joint disaster recovery UAV Mission in Nepal to support rebuilding and preparedness efforts. Patrick is the Executive Director of WeRobotics and the founder of the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators). His influential and widely-read blog iRevolutions has received over 1.7 million hits.

Sabine Hauert

Dr. Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK and President and Cofounder of, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world. Robohub has helped thousands of experts in robotics communicate about their work through podcasts, articles, and videos, that reach over a million views each year. As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics, including in the journal Nature, at the European Parliament, and as a member of the Royal Society's Working Group on Machine Learning. Sabine’s research at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers, and at small scales. Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.

Susan Etlinger

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst with Altimeter, a Prophet Company, where she promotes the smart, well-considered and ethical use of data. She conducts independent research on emerging technologies and advises global executives on market and product strategy. In addition, she works with technology innovators to help them refine roadmaps and go-to-market plans. Susan is on the board of The Big Boulder Initiative, an industry organization dedicated to promoting the successful and ethical use of data. She is a TED speaker, is regularly asked to speak on data strategy and best practices, and has been quoted in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the BBC.

Tammy Tibbetts

As CEO, Tammy Tibbetts oversees business and fundraising, communications and PR, and brand partnerships for She's the First, which provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries with the goal of creating first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders. Almost 7 years ago, Tammy had the small, simple idea to start She’s the First as a social media campaign. She shared it with a Facebook friend, who is now her co-founder, Christen Brandt. On November 1, 2009, they launched as a YouTube video called "She's the First." That one video became a movement that now reaches millions and has funded over 2,000 annual scholarships for 750+ girls in 11 countries. She's the First also has 200+ chapters at high schools and universities, mostly across the U.S. A staff of five, along with an incredibly supportive Board, Junior Board, and volunteer base, is located in New York City.

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